I's been a while since the last post, so I thought I'd give y'all some updates. VeeGee has just blossomed since the trach removal in February. Her language has exploded and she's saying full sentences (mostly only and I can understand her, but that's okay). She's LOVING playing with the dogs - this seems to be a relatively new passion for her. She's also having a GREAT time with her good friends L and J.
She's finally moved into her own room. The separation was really hard for me, but she seems to be all "here's your hat, what's your hurry?" about it. It's nice having a grownup room again after a year, but I'm still missing waking up to watch her breathe in the middle of the night.
Next week we're headed back to Nashville to consult with a new craniofacial specialist, who will be taking over her care relative to her cleft palate fissures. The repairs are going to take time, but we feel like the doctors at Vanderbilt are both more proactive about her treatment and much more team-oriented than what we've been experiencing here in Memphis. We're also going to be seeing a pulmonologist, a GI doctor, and an allergist. She's been dealing with a rattly chest for quite a while, despite twice a day inhaled steroid treatment; as well as some developmental issues with her digestion that we are thinking might be relative to food allergies. We'll see.
She is still 100% tube fed, though, with her feeding therapy group, she's 'entertaining' the idea of touching some foods with her fingers. Occasionally, something makes it all the way to her mouth, but we've yet to see any intentional swallowing action. She will drink water though, lots of it! I think that's about all for now. We hope you all are well and that this update finds you as happy about the sunshine and spring weather that we are!